Recipes and Kitchen Tips

Made from scratch recipes - main dishes, side dishes, soups and stews, breads and crackers, cakes, cookies, brownies, snacks, cheeses, live culture foods.

Real food recipes featured on the Common Sense Homesteading site, including everything from main dishes to canning recipes to personal care items.

Canning and Preserving Recipes


Home Canned Spaghetti Sauce

Home Canned Salsa That Tastes a Lot Like a National Brand – Except Better

Homemade Ketchup – Canned

Pickle Relish Sweetened With Honey

No Canning Required Dill Pickles

How to Can Green Beans

Pickled Dilly Beans with Garlic and Cayenne Pepper

Gram Irene’s Pickled Beets

Rhubarb-B-Q Sauce and Rhubarb-Orange Compote

Preserving Asparagus Three Ways – Freezing, Drying and Lactofermenting

Pickled Peppers


Peeling, Canning and Drying Peaches

Preserving Strawberries Four Ways – Freezing, Drying, Fruit Leather and Kombucha

Preserving Apples – Making Applesauce, Apple leather and Dried Apple Slices

Spiced Crabapples and Honey Cinnamon Crabapples

Jams and Jellies

Full Listing of All Our Jam, Jelly and Spread Recipes with Photos

Autumnberry-Apple Cider Jam

Apple Jelly with no added pectin

Honey-Cinnamon Apricot Jam

Cranberry-Pear Jam – Traditional and Low-Sugar

Currant Almond Jelly with No Added Pectin

Elderberries – How to Make Syrups and Jellies

Lemon Ground Cherry Jelly

Lilac Jelly

Peach Jam Two Ways – Peach Vanilla and Fuzzy Navel

Plum Rum Nutty Conserve

Plum Preserves with Honey and Cardamom

Red Raspberry Jelly

Easy Low Sugar Raspberry Jam-Jelly

Rhuberry Spread – Naturally Sweetened Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Jam and Strawberry Banana Jam Sweetened with Honey – Low Sugar Recipes

Strawberry Banana Jam and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Violet Jelly

Canning recipes

Main Dish recipes

Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce – Great for Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Chicken Like Mom Used to Make

Chicken Pot Pie

Fried Rice the will have them asking for seconds (and leftovers)

Potato Pancakes Like Grandma Used to Make

Cream of Leftovers Pancakes

Sloppy Joes with Homemade Buns

How to Cook a Beef Tongue

Homemade Quesadillas with Soaked Flour Tortillas

Pork with Rhubarb Sauce

August’s Chili

How to Render Beef Tallow

How to Render Poultry Fat
Side Dishe Recipes

Side Dish recipes


Onion Pudding

Broccoli, Bacon and Cheese Salad

Maple Roasted Parsnips

How to Grow Sprouts


Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

German Potato Salad made with Peruvian Purple Potatoes

Homemade Baked Beans

Haluska – cabbage with noodles and sour cream


Cranberry Cherry Sauce

Soup recipes

Soup and Stew recipes

Beautiful Broth – How to make a proper chicken bone broth, the foundation for most of my soup and stew recipes, and basic chicken soup

Oyster Stew with Bone Broth

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup, Olive Garden Style

Toscana Soup, Olive Garden Style

Homemade Broccoli Soup

Cheese Soup in Homemade Bread Bowls

Bean Soup with Ham

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Homemade Bread Recipes

Bread and Cracker recipes

Yeast Breads

Sandwich Bread

Basic Sourdough Bread

Potato Bread using Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Crusty French Bread

Betty’s Buttermilk Rye Bread

Duncan’s Meat in a Loaf

Never Buy Bread Again – 13 Homemade Bread Recipes

Quick Breads

Best Ever Cornbread Recipe

Brazilian Cheese Bread – Gluten Free

Top Secret Banana Bread

Gluten Free Banana Bread

Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bread


Cheesy Garlic Sourdough Crackers

Pizza Flavored Whole Wheat Sourdough Crackers

Homemade “Wheat Thin” Style Crackers with Soaked Flour

Sweets recipes


Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding

5 Fun Twists on S’mores

How to Make Hungarian Rolls

How to Make Kolache

Pumpkin Spice Scones

Gram Irene’s Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Grandma Catherine’s Polish Doughnuts

Bavarian Cream Bonnet – decorative Easter Brunch recipe


Red, White and Blue Cake

Strawberry-Raspberry Shortcake

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake with Almond Flour

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Pudding Cake

Grandma Catherine’s Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cookies, Bars and Brownies

Easy Chocolate Brownies

Sourdough Brownies – these are great for using up excess starter that is not completely active

Honey Sweetened No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Cranberry Chestnut Bars

Coconut Macaroons – gluten free, refined sugar free

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Dandelion Cookies

Chocolate Raspberry Granola Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts and Dried Cranberries

Sourdough Cookies

Family Favorite Christmas Cookies – Chocolate Almond Bon Bons, Cocoa Mocha Cookies, and Raspberry Ribbon Cookies

Fudge and Truffles

Coconut Oil Fudge – Easy, Delicious, No Baking Required

Easy Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate chip cookie dough truffles made with almond flour and coconut oil

Homemade Mounds or Almond Joy Bars with Coconut Oil

Pies, Crisps and Crumbles

Cranberry-Apple Pie with Maple Syrup and Cinnamon

Strawberry-raspberry pie with shortbread crust and whipped cream topping

Easy Cranberry Walnut Pie

Pie Crust Recipes – Nut Crust (gluten free), Coconut Crust (gluten free), Shortbread Crust, Mama’s Pie Crust

Raspberry Cream pie – rich, sweet-tart, and delicious

Cranberry-Apple Crisp with Maple Syrup

Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble with Almond Flour

Breakfast Dishes

The Best Pancakes or Waffles Ever

Squaffles – Squash Waffles

Spring-Ahead Brunch Bake

Breakfast Cookies AKA Soaked Granola Bars

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

Chia-Blueberry Porridge

Live Culture foods

Live Culture Foods/Probiotics/Ferments

How to Make Sauerkraut

Lacto-fermented Homemade Ketchup

Duncan’s Probiotic Breakfast Smoothie

How to Make Beet Kvass and Health Benefits of Beets

Viili yogurt – the yogurt that cultures at room temperature

How to Make and Flavor Water Kefir


Kick the Soda Habit – Brew Your Own Kombucha

How to Make Kombucha

Water Kefir Versus Kombucha – What’s the difference between water kefir and kombucha?

Flavoring Kombucha and Kombucha Testimonials – Tips for flavoring kombucha and stories about how people I know have been helped by kombucha

Kombucha Q and A and More Flavoring Ideas – More flavoring ideas and all the Q and A from the comments in a more readable format

How to Flavor Kombucha – Holiday Flavors – Fun seasonal flavor ideas.

How to Make Coffee Kombucha

Snack recipes

Strawberry-Banana Gummy Candy

5 Awesome Apple Dip Recipes – Classic Caramel Cream, Chocolate Almond, Pistachio and Blue Cheese, Maple Bacon and Walnut Ricotta

Crispy Nuts and Maple Candied Walnuts

Cranberry-Walnut Powerballs

Crispy Pepitas

Boiled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs and Guacamole Devils

“Roadkill” Sandwich Spread

Ground Beef Jerky

Double Bacon Liver Pate

Frozen treats – Watermelon popsicles, Creamsicles, and fruity pops

Pumpkin Leather – portable pumpkin pie

Summer Squash Gummy Candies sweetened with fruit juice


Fresh Home Mozzarella Cheese in 30 Minutes plus ricotta

Easiest Homemade Cheese Ever – Fromage Blanc Soft Cheese

How to Make Large Curd Cottage Cheese

Drink recipes

Spiced Hot Cocoa mix


Honey-Sweetened Lemonade with Honey-Lemon Ice Cubes

Chia Fresca

Eggnog recipes – Cold, hot, dairy free, probiotic and chocolate eggnog

See also “Live Culture Foods”

Wine, Beer and Hard Cider

Pumpkin Wine

Dandelion Wine

Elderberry wine

Pear Wine

Dandelion Beer

How to Make Hard Cider

Herbal Recipes

Herbal and Personal Care Items

Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin

How to Make Liquid Sweetener from Homegrown Stevia – Homemade Stevia Extract

How to Make Homemade Extracts – Vanilla, Lemon and Almond

Preparedness – Homegrown Medicinals

Plantain “Medicine Leaf” Infusion

How to Make a Salve with Infused Oils

Easy, Non-toxic Homemade Deodorant

Homemade Toothpaste

Super Easy Hard Lotion Bar Recipe

Make your Own Perfume with Essential Oils

Do It Yourself Laundry and Household Cleaners

DIY Cleaners Made with Essential Oils

Kitchen Tips

35+ Handy Kitchen Substitutions – Printable Cheat Sheet

Natural Stove Cleaners

Cooking with Cast Iron – How and Why to Get Started

How to Season Cast Iron Cookware

How to Restore Cast Iron Cookware

Getting Started with Dutch Oven Cooking

The World’s Cheapest Cherry Pitter

7 Things You Should Never Do to Your Cutting Board


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  1. Shawnette Prueitt says

    i would love if you tell me if the bread recipes can be made in a bread machine. Do you also have any gluten free bread recipes for sandwich bread? Thanks so much!

  2. Deborah Espinoza says

    I have a question. I have been looking in the stores for a spice called cardamon since I can not find it in the stores for purchase what can I use or mix to make this spice?

    • says

      Cardamom is just cardamom. It’s a specific plant, not a spice blend. It has a unique, somewhat floral fragrance and taste. If you want to try it and can’t find it locally, it is sold online, such as this Simply Organic Cardamom, 2.82 Ounce on

      If you’d like to substitute, while the flavor isn’t the same, you might try a good quality cinnamon or nutmeg, or anise if you like a slight licorice flavor.

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